Rona Kelowna is NOT shifting to the outdated Costco website
Despite all speculation to the contrary, Rona Kelowna is NOT moving to the old Costco location at the corner of Highway 97 and 33.
“I confirm that our current Rona store is NOT moving anywhere in Kelowna,” Rona media relations officer Valerie Gonzalo wrote in an email to NowMedia Group on Friday.
Gonzalo’s email was in response to NowMedia queries by both phone and email.
Gonzalo did not want to speak by phone, instead sending the email including only the to-the-point, one-sentence answer.
Stan Walt owns the property where Rona is located on Springfield Road. He is also the owner of Chances Casino, which is next door to Rona.” class=”img-responsive” data-src=”https://www.kelownanow.com/files/files/images/Stan%20Walt.jpg” style =”margin: 5px;”/>
Stan Walt, who owns the property where Rona’s 130,000-square-foot home-and-garden center is on Springfield Road, concurs with Rona and says the store is staying put.
“I’ve heard the same speculation you have,” Walt told NowMedia in a phone interview.
“It seems there must be the same Facebook dribble going around. Rona is a tenant in good standing and it’s not going anywhere.”
Walt is also the owner of Chances Casino, which is located next door to Rona on Springfield Road.
Rona was Kelowna’s first home-and-garden big-box store when it opened as Revy in 1995.
In 2001, Revy was acquired by Quebec-based Rona and changed its name, but remained in the same location on Springfield Road.
In 2016, Rona was bought by US-based home-and-garden big-box chain Lowe’s.
Rona Kelowna retained his name and again stayed put on Springfield.
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